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Ancient History

What will I be doing in this course?

Preliminary course

The Preliminary course is structured to provide students with opportunities to investigate past people, groups, events, institutions, societies and historical sites through archaeological and written evidence by applying the methods used by historians and archaeologists.

The course comprises a study of:

PART I: Introduction Investigating the Past: History, Archaeology and Science
  Case Studies (at least one case study must be undertaken). We will study these three case studies: Investigating Aegean Legends,  Aboriginal Archeology, Warfare in the Ancient World including the battle of Salamis)
PART II: Ancient Societies At least two ancient societies must be studied.  We will study the following three:
  Archaic Greek society including Greek Drama sculpture, pottery and temples
  The city of Rome at the end of the Republic
  The Persian ceremonial site Persepolis

HSC course

The course comprises a study of:
PART I: One Personality in Their Time - we will study the Persian King Xerxes
PART II: One Ancient Society - we will study Bronze Age Minoan society
PART III: One Historical Period - we will study either  Persia from Cyrus II to death of Darius III, OR the Roman historical period Augustan Age 44BC to 14AD
PART IV: Common Core Study – The Cities of Vesuvius


What should I be able to do at the end of the course?

You should be able to:

  • understand how past civilisations have influenced the ideas, beliefs and values of modern societies
  • critically evaluate various written and archaeological sources and make judgements based on the evidence
  • communicate logical arguments in both written and oral form
  • empathise with people from the past

How will this course help me in the future?

Ancient History develops excellent communication skills and teaches you to research and analyse material. Such a background is valuable for Law, Journalism, Advertising and Marketing, Personnel Management, Travel and Tourism, the Diplomatic Service and the Public Sector. As well, Education, Librarianship and Archaeology are possible career choices.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will consist of a range of tasks, including extended writing tasks,  knowledge tests, source analysis and examinations.